News for Wednesday, May 21, 2008


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Barrow expects 400 eighth-graders to fail math CRCT

WINDER - Barrow County school system officials expect to see about 400 eighth-graders fail the math portion of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test once all the scores have been calculated. School officials say the low scores are a result of problematic tests.

Sen. Kennedy has malignant tumor

BOSTON - A cancerous brain tumor caused the seizure Sen. Edward M. Kennedy suffered over the weekend, doctors said Tuesday in a grim diagnosis for one of American politics' most enduring figures.

Fed auctions $75B to ease credit stresses

WASHINGTON - Working to relieve stressed credit markets, the Federal Reserve has auctioned another $75 billion in loans to squeezed banks, bringing the total to $510 billion since December.

Health briefs

Local Arthritis Foundation chapter to hold fundraising walk

Must read: Investigators to dig for bodies at secluded Manson refuge

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. - Decades after law enforcement raided the ranch where Charles Manson hid following a 1969 killing spree, detectives and scientists returned to hunt for undiscovered graves Tuesday.

Neysmith signs with Auburn hoops

Norcross grad Tony Neysmith has decided to play his college basketball a little closer to home.

Nation briefs

San Diego hotel construction blast caused by gas leak

Barnes and Bowers back for governor?

In 1998, two Georgia lawyers dove into frontline political contests that could have made them national figures. Ten years later ...

'Chosen to advance' Phoenix students face new beginnings after graduation

LAWRENCEVILLE - Jimmy Ramirez is a high school drop-out. But now the 22-year-old is also a high school graduate.

Grant hired as Winder-Barrow AD

Justin Grant is going home, which unfortunately means leaving Dacula.

Appellate court: Paper money discriminates against the blind

WASHINGTON - Close your eyes, reach into your wallet and try to distinguish between a $1 bill and a $5 bill. Impossible? It's also discriminatory, a federal appeals court says.

Braselton Highway to be widened

DACULA - While cars and school buses filled with children lined up in traffic on Braselton Highway, officials broke ground Tuesday on a project that could cure the congested roadway by the end of the year.

Providence gets sweep

MCRAE - One squeaker and one blowout on Tuesday evening has the Providence Christian baseball team unchartered territory.

Rout, and wait

SHARPSBURG - Heavy weather was the theme of the day in Brookwood's Class AAAAA state quarterfinal baseball series at East Coweta.

Requests, not demands, should be Obama's plan

Chivalry is still charming, as Barack Obama proved when he recently warned Tennessee Republicans to leave his wife alone.

New plant to be built at Lanier Government loan will pay for treatment facility

LAWRENCEVILLE - A new wastewater treatment plant for the Lake Lanier Islands won a $15 million government loan.

University of Georgia relocates its Gwinnett campus

LAWRENCEVILLE - The University of Georgia's Gwinnett campus has moved to a new location in Lawrenceville.

Hope Clinic seeks expansion funds

LAWRENCEVILLE - Officials from the Hope Clinic will go before the county commission tonight to secure federal funds for the expansion of the chronic care facility that nearly half of the county's indigent patients visit.

Sports briefs


To the editor: Yarbrough now gets what Boston baseball is about

Wait! What is this? Dick Yarbrough just paid a compliment to something north of Ellijay? The people of Boston? Let me look outside a moment. Nope, no sign of four horsemen riding down the street. Guess we're safe.

Wesleyan rallies to pick up split

BLACKSHEAR - After losing Game 1 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Wesleyan coach Mike Shaheen looked for his team to keep fighting.

Barrow County school board to consider library funds request

WINDER - An extra $25,000 contribution from the Barrow County Board of Education would allow two of the county's libraries to open longer hours, said Alan Harkness, director of the Piedmont Regional Library System.

Brookwood students to miss out on grad ceremony after vandalism arrests

SNELLVILLE - Two Brookwood High seniors accused of spray painting inappropriate images on school trailers won't be allowed to participate in tonight's graduation ceremony, a school district official said.

Head-on auto crash kills two in Winder

WINDER - Two people were killed in a car wreck Tuesday morning on Ga. Highway 11 in Winder, about 40 feet from the spot where a wreck killed three people last week.

Sustained slump in housing cuts into Home Depot profits

ATLANTA - The Home Depot Inc. doesn't know if stimulus checks making their way to potential customers are enough to improve its fortunes this year, the company said Tuesday as it reported a 66 percent drop in first-quarter profit.

Charter school bill grants local funding

LAWRENCEVILLE - Nina Gilbert, the founder of an all-girls charter school, said a bill authorizing the creation of a state Charter Schools Commission will allow her students to eventually receive the funding they deserve.

Police ID body found near hardware store

LAWRENCEVILLE - Investigators on Tuesday released the identity of a murder victim found May 10 near the parking lot of a Dacula hardware store.

Falcons sign QB draft pick Ryan

ATLANTA - For the second time in eight years, the Atlanta Falcons opened the vault and dropped a ton of cash on a franchise quarterback.

People briefs

R. Kelly child pornography trial under way

Officials: Gas prices should hold steady

LAWRENCEVILLE - Despite crude oil hitting a record high of $129.58 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange on Tuesday, officials at AAA and the U.S. Department of Energy forecast that gasoline prices will hold steady.

Hebron names Harris new girls hoops coach

DACULA - Hebron Christian announced Jason Harris as its new head girls basketball coach on Tuesday.

Yarbrough now gets what Boston baseball is about

Wait! What is this? Dick Yarbrough just paid a compliment to something north of Ellijay? The people of Boston? Let me look outside a moment. Nope, no sign of four horsemen riding down the street. Guess we're safe.

Wholesale inflation slows

WASHINGTON - Inflation at the wholesale level slowed in April following a huge increase in March although prices for a number of items from prescription drugs to pasta shot upward.

County millage rate may drop

LAWRENCEVILLE - For the 13th year in a row, county finance officials are recommending commissioners roll back the Gwinnett millage rate, which could reduce taxes for homeowners by a few dollars.

Pilots win fight vs. cell tower

LAWRENCEVILLE - A group of pilots determined to keep a cell phone tower away from their runway said they were "thrilled" Tuesday when T-Mobile's request to build the 126-foot tower was denied.

New system limits access to cop reports First Amendment Foundation: Going paperless violates open records law

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett County Police Department activated a paperless police report system last weekend - a measure meant to conserve funds within the department but which effectively eliminates public access to the majority of reports.

Stocks stumble on record oil, inflation worries

NEW YORK - Wall Street stumbled Tuesday after oil prices spiked to a new record above $129 a barrel and a government report raised investors' concerns about the impact of inflation on consumer spending. The Dow Jones industrials fell nearly 200 points.

Force's Jones earns AFL honor

Two days after setting a new franchise mark for yards and tying the marks for catches and touchdowns in a game, Tiger Jones is now the Arena Football League's offensive player of the week.

World briefs

China: Quake buried sources of radiation

Garvin, Hawkins lead Dugout Club honors

Grayson Garvin of Wesleyan and Chase Hawkins of Brookwood received the top individual honors from the Gwinnett Dugout Club, which held its season-ending banquet Tuesday night.

Glavine mows down Mets

ATLANTA - Tom Glavine just didn't feel right while warming up in the bullpen, and he still was struggling to control his pitches in the first inning.

Margaret Mathis

Margaret Mathis, age 82, of Winder, passed away May 19, 2008. Arrangements by Smith Funeral Home, Winder. (770)867-4553

Sharon K. Anderson

Sharon K. Anderson, age 64, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on Monday, May 19, 2008. She is survived by her children: Frederick L. Anderson, Jr. of IL, Pamela T. Anderson ...

Lizzie Jordan

Mrs. Lizzie McMillian Jordan, born November 4, 1914 to John Thomas and Lou Ella McMillian died Monday, May 19, 2008. She was preceded in death by Husband of 41 years ...

Chonda Monique Forte-Mcpherson

Chonda Monique Forte-McPherson, age 26 of Suwanee, GA, passed away May 17, 2008. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Peachtree Chapel Funeral Home, Norcross, GA, 770-448-5757.

Lorraine M. Anderson

Lorraine M. Anderson, age 94, of Snellville, Georgia, passed away , May 19, 2008. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 2246 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, GA, 30078, 770-979-5010. Please sign online guest ...

Michael Samples

Michael Samples, age 7, of Braselton, GA passed away May 19, 2008. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory of ...

Louise Esters

Mrs. Louise Kempkens Esters, age 83, of Buford, GA passed away on Monday, May 19, 2008. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Esters. She is survived by ...

Mary C. Powers

Mary C. Powers, age 83, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away May 19, 2008. Service and Arrangements will be announced later by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

Walter Cobb

Walter “Walt” Cobb, age 80 of Snellville, passed away Monday, May 19, 2008. Memorial Services will be held 11 AM Thursday, May 22, 2008 at the Snellville Christian ...

Allen Mcgee

Allen McGee, age 74, of Tucker, GA, died Monday, May 19, 2008. Arrangements are pending with the Bill Head Funeral Homes and Crematory, Lilburn/Tucker Chapel. (770)564-2726